Hey Missouri Snitches: Hacktivists Say They Know Your Name


Just weeks after targeting St. Louis-based Monsanto, hacktivists affiliated with the online troublemaker group, Anonymous, are boasting of a new feat. This time, they claim to have stolen tons of data -- including identities of confidential informants -- from more than 70 law enforcement computer networks nationwide, including Missouri Sheriff's Association. (The group's promotional video below actually uses footage from a Columbia police SWAT raid).

Media outlets such as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and local TV newscasts are carrying the story.  According to a statement attached to the video, the hackers are seeking revenge on the FBI for targeting their hacker brethren.

Now, we've seen this movie before: Earlier this month, Anonymous claimed to have swiped a trove of data from Monsanto. According to the corporation, much of that info was already public.

But in this most recent operation (which is itself part of a larger, ongoing campaign dubbed "Operation AntiSec"), the anons have taken things a bit further, reports The Columbia Daily Tribune:
The attack disabled the association's website, and the hackers accessed and published the Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, usernames and passwords of scores of law enforcement officers in the state.
In addition to the publishing of SSNs, an alarming part of this story that nobody seems to be covering is that the hacktivists claim to have collected info on confidential police informants.

Daily RFT hasn't found evidence that any "CIs" have been outed.

But according to the group's posting, the hackers "will be making public name and contact information about informants who had the false impression that they would be able to 'anonymously' snitch in secrecy."

You would think that individuals so obsessed with hiding their own identities would refrain from outing others doing the same thing. But those "others" are apparently fair game, having taken the side of the enemy. And here's what Anonymous says to its "law enforcement" enemy: 
Your bogus trumped-up charges against the Anonymous paypal LOIC attacks will not stick, nor will your intimidation tactics stop us from exposing your corruption. While many of the recent "Anonymous" arrestees are completely innocent, there is no such thing as an innocent cop, and we will act accordingly.
More generally, the group considers all "goverment, corporate, law enforcement and military" individuals as enemies.

Funny. The same people that make internet connections possible.

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